Once she came back to the edge of the forest, she paused before walking out into the light. It was as if her insides were sparkling, and her mind was washed clean. For once, she didn’t have a care in the world. Roesia was free.
The first thing she did in her new life was visit the village. She had craved the ability to do that her whole life. She was so happy! She pranced down the roads as though she owned them. She greeted every person she saw like they were old friends. After studying them from her window everyday for the last ten and seven years, she sort of felt like they were truly her friends.
Unknown to Roesia, there was another special visitor in the small town. The king had been traveling about the kingdom and had needed to stop to water his horses. While the beasts rested, the king and his men went around to talk the citizens. One of the knights, the prince, in fact, noticed a young woman who was gracefully strolling past the shops. She was friendly, and said hello to everyone around. The prince thought that the lady must have been very kind to have so many acquaintances.
He went up to her. “Good day, miss,” he acknowledged her and he courteously bowed before her.
She looked at him apprehensively. Roesia had never seen him in all her years of watching the villagers. Seeing the distressed look in the eyes of the beautiful lady, the knight corrected himself.
“Please forgive me for my rudeness. Let me introduce myself. I am Prince Terryn, a knight under my father’s rule,” he said, “We have been about surveying and needed to refresh ourselves for the long journey home.” He smiled at her as though she made him the happiest man in the world. His dark hair was slightly ruffled. He stood straight and was confident, but not too proud. She trusted him immediately.
“I am Roesia. I am afraid our village is small, but you should be able to find what you seek. There is an inn some way down the road,” she pointed at the one story brick building. She was glad she had spent so much time memorizing the area from her window so she could assist this charming gentleman. All at once, Roesia felt an overwhelming urge to hide. She had never talked with a man before, let alone a handsome prince. Surely she would do something wrong.
“I hope you have a pleasant stay with us here. Goodbye,” Roesia uttered before dashing away. As she left, her right foot got caught on a large piece of wood that was stuck in the muddy ground. She lost her balance and tumbled to the wet earth.
“Are you all right?” Terryn asked her as he bent to retrieve her, but Roesia had already started to pick herself up. Instead, he offered his arm as support.
Roesia faced him again, her face beet red. She tried to leave before she could embarrass herself, but she ended up doing just that. She was also shocked to hear real concern behind his question. This only made her face darken even more.
“Yes I am fine. Thank you very much for your aid. I will be alright, now I must be off,” she replied. Once more, she hurried to escape, but the knight started talking again.
“Roesia is a beautiful name. I would rather not head over to the inn just yet,” Terryn told her, “Perhaps you could show me around. I would appreciate that very much.”
Roesia didn’t want to disappoint the prince, so she relented.